In which country is Geneva gin made?
Cognac can be made only in a specific area of France. Where can brandy be made?
Anywhere in the world
What do the letters VSOP on a bottle of brandy stand for?
Very Special Old Pale
Between 1740 and 1970 British sailors received a daily ration of grog. What is grog?
A mixture of rum and water
Where did the American whiskey ''Bourbon'' get its name?
It was first made in Bourbon County, Kentucky
A popular Yorkshire liqueur flavoured with herbs is named after the Bronte sisters. On which spirit is it based?
What is added to gin to make pink gin?
Which drink has been known as 'Dutch courage' and 'Mother's ruin'?
The fermented molasses left over from the sugar-refining process is used in the manufacture of which spirit?
What is the meaning of the Dutch word 'brandewijn' from which we take the word brandy?
You can tell a _______ by just reading it. Famous tagline. Which brand?
On discovering something in 1668, a blind priest exclaimed: Oh, come quickly. I am drinking the stars. What was he
Which is the most widely eaten fish in the world?
Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent what in Evanston, Illinois in 1875?
Who introduced noodles to Italy after a trip to China?
In 1847, Hanson Gregory, a 15 year old baker's apprentice knocked the soggy parts off a fried confectionery, thus
The first ring donuts
The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic). It got its name when he served it to two
Tahitian friends who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!" What does it mean?
Out of this world
What is traditionally made from the root of the blue agave cactus?
In the New Testament, St. John the Baptist survives on what foods while in the desert?
Locusts and honey
What new fad did the brand Wonder Bread introduce in 1930?
What is the essential difference between apple juice and apple cider?
Apple juice is pasteurised and cider is not
Shoot a Waco was the original name of what product
The hamburger, invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen is called so because
It was invented in Hamburg
Natural vanilla flavouring comes from
In the Middle East, what is called the poor man.s food?
In 1853 in Saratoga Springs a chef George Crum retaliated to a patron.s complaint that his French fries were too
He invented Potato chips
The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was a food product. Which?
The Ladakhi gur-gur chai gets its name because
The tea is churned in pipes and makes a gur-gur sound
Which product gets its name from a Roman soldier who was a great wrestler during the Ancient Olympic Games?
In an open competition to select a name for this brand, a name was chosen which loosely translated from Latin as
Strength of Man. Which brand?
After his tomato crop failed, a certain gentleman dabbled in something else. It gave rise to a product which takes
its name from an American Indian word that means 'a place with fertile and humid soil'. Which brand?
Name the Japanese fish considered a delicacy, which if not cleaned carefully can prove fatal.
A Napoli baker designed the first pizza in the shape of the Italian flag using tomato, cheese and parsley. He
dedicated it to the visiting King Philip.s wife, thus naming the first ever pizza. The name?
What.s the name of the McDonald.s clown?
What.s the name of the dimpled cheese traditionally shown in cartoon strips/films?
What range of products are Messrs. Mahashiyan di hatti famous for?
Why is the drink Punch called so?
Traditionally has 5 (paanch) ingredients
Topic : trivia
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys never did this because he feared that: “Fire might come out – or gas—or snakes—or,
most terrifyingly of all, nothing at all.” What?
Taking a shower
This person created a written script for the Cherokee Indians. Who?
Every man of the Confederate Army had to carry this book, because its leader, Robert E. Lee. believed that it
espoused their cause. Which book?
The smash-hit “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith was addressed to?
Which company had its origins in a chartered train journey from Leicester to Loughborough, UK, in 1841?
According to Greek mythology, this creature was a she-goat with a lion’s head, goat’s body and serpent’s tail. It
“Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere is in the universe is that none of
it has tried to contact us.” Whose words?
“Beelzebub” is another name for the devil. What does it translate to?
“Lord of the flies”
A special material was used to clothe the kings of France. It literally means “clothing of kings”. Which of the
Which organisation’s slogan is this: I WILL STRIVE TO LIVE, WITH LOVE AND CARE, UPON THE LEVEL, BY THE SQUARE
Topic : Innovations
The 'Lucifer' match-sticks devised by Frenchmen Charles Suria in 1830 came to be widely used. Name the igniting
substance used by these 'Lucifers'.
Ladislao Biro, a Hungarian artist and Journalist developed the ball-point pen in the 30's with his brother Georg,
a chemist. However, he had to flee Budapest at the outbreak of world war II. From which city did the Biro brothers
oversee the manufacture of ball-pens for the Allied Air forces?
Georges De Mestral, a Swiss engineer observed burrs sticking to his woollen socks. This natural occurrence
prompted him to look at burrs under a microscope and he used the Hook and loop arrangement with woven Nylon to
develop Velcro. The name Velcro was derived from two words. One was 'Velours' and the other is _____________.
Micro-encapsulisaton is a process used in manufacturing perfumed paper. Which U.S. based dcorporation poularized
this method in the 60's?
The 'Hookers 2' designed by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback in 1913, is exactly what?
The non-stick finish on modern kitchenware PTFE was developed after an accidental discovery by Dr. Roy Plunkett in
1938. Under what trademark did Du Pont market PTFE?
Elisha Graves Otis installed the world's first passenger lift in New York. Which building saw this implementation?
V. Haughwout & Co's China Store
This one's a little vague. Sonora, in Mexico is a quality production centre for which input in everyday industry?
A certain adhesive was rejected during research on a 'Superglue' in a laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota since it's
sticking power was negligible. However, Art Fry an employee used the disposed adhesive to make bookmarks for his
hymn book. Which conventional office stationery did he initiate with this?
The conception of the Voltaic cell by Allessandro Volta of Pavia University in 1800 was initiated by an experiment
using copper hooks, an iron hail and certain creatures hanging on them. Which creatures?
Specimens of Bombyx Mori are involved in the manufacture of which fiber?
Which ingredient is conventionally used to whiten a toothpaste?
Which nation issued a plastic currency note in 1988 to mark it's bicentenary?
The disposable crown cork was the invention of __________.
Experiments with alloys in order to build stronger gun-barrels led British Metallurgist Harry Brearley to discover
what in 1913?
'Blue Plains' is the location for the advance sewage plant serving which city in the U..S.?
The Raytheon Company based in U.S. brought about the use of which domestic appliance in the 1950's?
If USA's National Meteorological centre is situated in Wshington D.C. then where is Britian's Meteorological
A certain book took 50 years for the compilation of its' 12 volumes with 252,259 entries before it's first
publication. Which book?
The Oxford English Dictionary
James Harrison,a Scottish immigrant in Australia devised refigeration using ether to cool down metallic
containers. He used the principle for the first time in a building in Bendigo, Victoria during the Gold Rush in
1851. What did the building function as?
Paul Neal Adair (Red Adair) the legendary firefighter(born 1915) has never failed in putting out a fire,whether it
lasted a few seconds or several months. His real-life story inspired a Hollywood film 'Hellfighters' in 1968. Who
played the lead part?
The Cullinan Diamond, discovered by a miner near Pretoria, South Africa was successfully cleaved by Joseph Asscher
on Feb. 10,1908. In which city was this commendable task performed?
The power-suply for coal mining operations in the Rhine Valley is mainly generated in a pressurized water reactor
at which German town since 1963?
The expansion and contraction of a rock is generally measured by a simple instrument which is laid out in the form
of thin ducts. Identify the instrument.
Dr. Denis Gabor is credited with the first successful demonstration of which process in 1947?
Early Bird, the world's first communication satellite was launched under the aegis of which organisation?
The first completely synthetic material was developed in 1907 by using Carbolic Acid, Formaldehyde gas and
Celluloid. Which momentous product is being referred to? The inventor's name would be a give-away.
The first artificial satellite to employ solar cells in 1958 was _________.
In 1851, British Photographic pioneer W.H. Fox Talbot attached a copy of The Times newspaper to a wheel, rotated
it rapidly and succeeded in taking a clear picture by illuminating the wheel very briefly with an intense spark of
light. Recent verifications have put the exposure-period for this experiment at what duration?
1/1,00,000th of a second
Which man-made fibre was invented by Wallace Carothers in 1935?
Topic : trivia
What orchestra chose "Moonlight Serenade" as their theme?
Glenn Miller Orchestra
What nationality is former tennis pro Vitas Gerulaitis?
Which group of sports participants had the highest Internet usage rate in 1999?
What's a capon?
A castrated rooster
Who was the first non-American to win the Masters golf tournament?
Infamous writer Clifford Irving was imprisoned for faking who's autobiography?
Name the science fiction writer who imagined "The Invisible Man" and "The Time Machine"?
H. G. Wells
What did the initials T.S. stand for in author T.S. Eliot's name?
In what city was presidential candidate Robert Kennedy assassinated?
What sweetener was discovered by Ira Remsen in 1879?
What American author was portrayed on-stage by actor Hal Holbrook in a one-man show?
What is the height of the goal net used in soccer?
Name the astronaut that remained in the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon?
What sort of animal is a mandrill?
Christopher Jones captained what well known ship?
Entire families may be developing asthma thanks to the smog around this city, called the nation's smog capital by
the Associated Press?
Can you name the actress who is actor Warren Beatty's sister?
To what royal house did England's King Henry VIII belong?
Native American Pocahontas acted as a guide to the settlers of the Jamestown colony. Along what river is she
Name the actor who took best actor honors at the 1955 Oscars for the title role in "Marty"?
How many double centuries did Bradman score in his Test career?
The kaliyug is associated with which Hindu Text ?
Which of these cars in India has Korean Technology?
In Greek mythology what do Castor and Pollux represent ?
The twins in the Gemini Constellation
Why was the clockwise direction chosen for the clock ?
Sundials ran clockwise in the northern hemisphere
Kohinoor Diamond was taken away by?
Which insect is the cause of most human diseases ?
Name the king who was commonly known as Raj Pithora, and is celebrated in several Indian ballads and poems?
Which of these is the correct chronological order?
The Gupta dynasty, The Chalukya dynasty, The Chola Dynasty
Which star is also known as the Dog Star?
What algorithm (as yet undiscovered) is called “God’s Algorithm”?
The shortest general solution of the Rubik’s cube from any configuration
What is the Nipper the dog’s claim to fame?
He is the dog from the HMV logo
This Greek goddess can run and fly at great speed. She is the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of
Cratos, Bia, and Zelus. She was represented as a woman with wings, dressed in a billowing robe with a wreath or
Which member of the Apollo 10 crew wore his Mickey Mouse watch into space?
Whose middle name is “Fauntleroy”?
Which of the following movies is named after a story by William Burroughs?
This term, coined by Washington Irving in 1809, means a native of New York. Which?
Actor Tony Curtis said kissing what female co-star was "like kissing Hitler"?
Whose words are these: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away”?
Which of the following is true of Wrigley’s chewing gum?
First product to have a bar code
This word literally means “talking to women”. Which word?
Born in India, she won two Academy Awards (1940 & 1952). Who?
What is Occam’s Razor?
A rule of thumb that states that the better scientific theory is the simpler one
Something silly to end with. Whose words are these: "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."
Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel called “Gadsby”. What is its claim to fame?
Not a single word contained the letter ‘E’
On whose epitaph would you find: S = k log W.
According to legend, the Gordian knot was an intricate knot, tied by Gordius, king of Phyrgia. Whoever cut it was
destined to rule all of Asia. Who supposedly cut it?
Alexander the Great
In Australian cricket slang, what is a 'Coughie'?
A bad umpiring decision
Who is the only Asura to have been spared by Lord Vishnu?
During the design stage, the length of the compact disc was changed from 60 minutes to 74 minutes at the
insistence of the head of the design team. Why?
Seventy-four minutes is the length of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Of the genus Phaseolus, and with ancestor Vicia Faba, it was important to man from the beginning of food
What is the capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia?
This island is referred to in Mesopotamian as “Dilmun”. What?
Hjortspring, Sutton-Hoo, Triremes, and Carracks are all types of what?
This place first reached prominence under Hammurabi. It was the ancient capital of Mesopotamia. Which place?
The religious writings of Essenes, a sect who dwelled in a monastery at Qumran has texts called what?
Dead Sea Scrolls
What is the Egyptian hieroglyph for “life”?
Which was the last of the Barbarian tribes to enter the Valley of Mexico after the collapse of the Toltec
What is the name given to the single humped camels of Arabia?
What resulted when two races settled in the Ebbe Weser region of England after the breakdown of the Roman rule?
Assur, Nineveh, and Nimrud are all ancient capitals of which place?
What is the study of fossil remains of animals called?
Sir Arthur Evans named the people of Bronze Age Crete after their legendary leader. What did he call them?
Who was the God of the Sun and the city of Heliopolis?
Known as “The Holy Island”, after the Celtic Church acknowledged the supremacy of Rome, it was the center of a
cultural Renaissance in North Umbria in 700 A.D. Which place?
This figure is represented by the crook and flail, the uraeus and other symbols of authority. Crowns include the
White Crown, Red Crown and Blue Crown. Who?
Which ancient Egyptian God of death is represented as a Mummy?
What term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man’s development before the appearance of
What were the mudbrick superstructures over tombs in early Egypt, originally intended to copy the house of the
Topic : gentrivia
It’s ancestor is the guanaco, found in the Andes and it is related to the camel but lacks a hump. What?
Capra hircus aegagrus, found in S.West Asia was the ancestor of what?
76 miles is it’s running length from Tyne to Solway to defend the Northern frontier of Roman Britain. What?
What is the cemetery region on the West Bank of the Nile opposite modern Cairo called?
The falcon God of Hieraconpolis in Egypt, believed to be the son of Isis and Osiris is believed to have
incarnation in the Pharaoh. Who?
What is the name given to the circular ritual monuments found only in the British Isles?
What is the name given in Mexico to any manuscript printed before the Spanish Conquest or written in the native
manner during the Early Spanish Period?
Who was the Sumerian equivalent of Venus, with jurisdiction over love and procreation?
A group of Quechua speaking tribes from the Cuzcoara of the S. Peruvian Andes whose ruler is called “Son of the
Sun” are better known as what?
Two of these confronting each other constitute a “T’ao t’ieh”. What?
Connect John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, apart from their all being Presidents of the USA
All died on the 4th of July
Which city is the backdrop of the shows “the Practice” and “Ally McBeal”?
Born in Peru, he lives in England at Windsor Gardens, 32, London. He has two birthdays, in December and June. He’s
appeared on a Japanese credit card and on a 1998 Gibraltar coin. Who?
The Maori fisherman have a legend that God’s fishing hook was placed in the sky and remained forever as something.
He played 2130 consecutive baseball games, and was nicknamed the “Iron Horse”. Later in his life, he suffered from
a debilitating disease to which he lends his name. Who?
Why were Donald Duck comics nearly banned in Finland?
Because he doesn’t wear pants
What well known work was created by Sarah Josepha Hale?
The child’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
With respect to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what was “the sacred cow”?
His presidential aircraft
Before he was “stuck” with the then little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did James Cameron want to play the
lead role in the first Terminator movie?
The teary folliculitis disease is caused by:
Wearing tight jeans
Topic : General
Myra Gale Brown was 13 years old when she married her 3rd cousin in 1958. The marriage happened 2 weeks before his
final divorce from his first wife. The scandal affected his career so badly that it was several years before he
could make a comeback. Name him.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Which famous architect described a house as "a machine for living in"?
Helen Gurley Brown became famous as the publisher of a certain magazine and was also loosely portrayed in the 1964
movie ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ by Natalie Wood. Name the magazine.
In 1893, there was a case before the United States Supreme Court about importing this foodstuff from the West
Indies as fruits could be imported tax-free while vegetables couldn't. Since it was eaten with main dishes, and
not as or with desserts, the Court ruled it to be a vegetable. Name it.
In Christian terminology, what is a ‘Lady Chapel’?
A chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary
What is the claim to fame of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City?
Largest church in the world
The name of the main block in this prison was ‘Broadway’ and the other 2 corridors were named ‘Michigan Boulevard’
and ‘Seedy Street’. Name it.
In a pack of cards, which one is a copyright?
Ace of Spades
Featured in Joel Chandler Harris’s ‘Tales of Uncle Remus’, his voice was provide by Johnny Lee in the 1946 Disney
film ‘Song of the South’. Name him.
He was a tailor who dared to look at Lady Godiva as she rode through Coventry. In 1040, Lady Godiva's husband,
Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, agreed to rescind a tax on the town if Lady Godiva rode naked
through the streets. Godiva asked everyone to observe custody of the eyes - and everyone did, except him. This
gave rise to a phrase. Name it.
Topic : trivia
In which part of your body would you find a ‘gluteus maximus’?
Previously the governor of Georgia, he was the only US president to ever report a UFO sighting in October 1969.
Ans: James Earl Carter
Medically speaking, anosmia is the loss of which of the five senses?
The first LP by a solo artist to sell over a million copies was a 1965 album called Calypso. Name the artist.
Ans: Harry Belafonte
This band originally called itself the ______ Transit Authority after the transit company of a particular place,
until they were sued by the company. Name it.
‘The Cardinal’s Mistress’, written in 1909, was the only novel ever written by this person. Name him.
Dale Arden is the girlfriend of which famous comic character?
Ans: Flash Gordon
Fianchetto, j’adoube and zugzwang are all terms in which game?
In golf, what is a ‘waggle’?
Ans: To-and-fro movement of the golf stick before the swing
In June, 1978, a tropical storm was detected and named Bud. What was so unique about this?
Ans: First storm to be named after a male
Quinchua was a language spoken by which ancient civilisation?
Which famous astrological term was coined by Fred Hoyle?
Ans: Big Bang
His autobiography was titled ‘Memoirs of a Mangy Lover’. Name him.
Ans: Groucho Marx
Name the oldest national airline in the world.
He was an autodidact, and could not read music but almost everything he wrote was a success. He only played on the
set of black keys. He had a special piano built with pedals that could change the set from F sharp into other
keys. Name him.
Ans: Irving Berlin